PRP Therapy

Joseph P. Mullane, MD

Sports Medicine & Family Medicine located in Hamilton and Robbinsville, Hamilton Square, NJ

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has helped to restore the strength, mobility, and stability of numerous joints, including many belonging to professional athletes. At his private practice in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, Joseph Mullane, MD, often combines PRP therapy with manual therapy to heal joint injuries efficiently and effectively. Learn more by calling the office near the Hamilton and Robbinsville neighborhoods for an appointment, or request your visit online today.

PRP Therapy Q & A

What is PRP therapy?

PRP therapy, a regenerative way to treat joint pain, involves the recycling of some of your blood cells after a blood draw. While it might seem unusual to place cells from your blood in an injured joint, the science behind the treatment is reliable and fascinating.

PRP therapy helps heal injured joints because it only introduces cells and proteins from your blood that play a role in the natural healing process back into your joints and leaves the others out. 

After obtaining and preparing your PRP sample, Dr. Mullane guides the injections into the affected joints. He may use ultrasound imaging for precise placement. The substance helps promote the production of more reparative cells around your injury, so it heals faster and more effectively. 

How should I prepare for PRP therapy?

You must make sure your blood is ready to be drawn and used in treatment prior to undergoing PRP therapy for joint pain or damage. Dr. Mullane gives you explicit instructions to follow to make sure you get ideal results from your PRP treatment. Before your injections, you must:

  • Stop taking corticosteroids for a few weeks
  • Stop taking blood thinners for a few weeks
  • Avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and aspirin for a week
  • Drink lots of water on the day of the procedure

To make the treatment more effective, Dr. Mullane might integrate it into a more complex and individualized treatment plan that he creates with your needs in mind. He might recommend physical therapy or manual manipulation to complement your PRP joint injections. 

From where does the PRP for my treatment come?

The PRP for your treatment comes directly from your blood, so it’s very safe. Dr. Mullane takes a sample of blood from one of your veins at the very beginning of the appointment. Revolving the sample rapidly in a centrifuge causes the various cell types and proteins in your blood to drift away from one another and form distinct layers.

One layer is plasma, the yellowish liquid that comprises most of your blood, with platelets suspended in it. Platelets are cell fragments that help damaged blood vessels clot, which vital to the healing process. This plasma and platelet layer also contains the growth factors that platelets secrete, which stimulate cell regeneration.

PRP therapy has earned an excellent reputation among athletes as a way to heal joints back to their original state of function. To request a consultation and learn more, call Joseph Mullane, MD, or use the online booking feature today.